Pooni Evans

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MBACP ( couns/ psy) Adv Dip Adult & young people/ B-ed Hons
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This professional is available for new clients.

Exeter, Devon, EX1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

 Why counselling?-

Your emotional, psychological, and social well-being is important. It affects how you think, feel, and act on a daily level. It also helps determine how you handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood. If yours feels out of balance you may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed.

Counselling can give you a non- judgmental, confidential space to address the issues you are facing as an individual or couple, and find balance. 

Grief, change, relationships, parenting, family, problems at work, school and home can all contribute to challenge our resilience and self confidence. 

What to expect-

I offer a safe space for you to talk, gain clarity, heal and process past experiences. I can support you to examine your life through different lenses and reconnect with yourself and others in a positive, compassionate and empowering way.

I work in collaboration with my clients and support them to find their own solutions. It’s my belief that we are the experts of our  own lives and I support all my clients in a respectful and compassionate way.

I offer the following sessions online or face to face in Exeter.

  • Individuals £50
  • Couples £75
  • Concession £40

What is Integrative counselling-

To further support your journey with me as an Integrative Therapist I am trained in a variety of interventions that can be blended together to support your needs. 
These includes:

  • Narrative therapy can help you to look at your past experiences in different ways using timelines.
  • Attachment theory can help you to understand how you relate to others. E.g. You might find it hard to trust people or commit to a relationship.
  • Transactional analysis- helps you to have better conversations with yourself and others by exploring the ego states you use in different situations.
  • Creative techniques like using music, clay, beads, shells might help you to see hidden parts of yourself and get in touch with your subconscious.
  • Mindfulness can support you to empower yourself in the present moment in order to gain a sense of calm and clarity.
  • CBT provides techniques and strategies for you to address negative thought patterns that direct unhelpful behaviour. This can form part of an approach to coping with overwhelming feelings of anxiety.
  • Your self - care is important. Together we will look at how you support yourself in difficulty and how this can be improved through self compassion.
  • Psychological education can help you to understand what impact stress has on you both mentally and physically. 

My Philosophy

  • Person centred- Empathy, non judgment and authenticity are at the centre of my work.
  • Humanistic- we are equals and will  work together.
  • Pluralistic- We are all individuals and therefore are likely to benefit from different therapeutic methods at different points in time.( no one size fits all)

I follow the Bacp ethical guidelines. Which includes:

  • I aim to support you respectfully and without judgement.
  • I do my best to use my skills to support you. If I don’t think I have the capacity do this, I will be honest and refer you do someone that does. 
  • what you bring to our sessions is confidential.
  • I keep up to date with my training

Testimonial

'I've been attending counselling sessions with Pooni for almost 18 months. During this time my wellbeing has really improved. Pooni is not only a compassionate listener but she has also helped me to understand and accept myself, enhanced my ability to cope with challenges, and enabled me to communicate better with the people in my life.' Sam

My client’s come from a range of backgrounds and with diverse needs, I work with Relationship issues, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, despair and overwhelm, family,  health or school issues, trauma and negative experiences. 

I came into counselling from a background of teaching mental and physical health. My passion is to support people through difficulty and improve their lives.

If you want to arrange a discounted first exploratory session @ £25 for 30 minutes for individuals, or £37.50 for 30 minutes for couples, please email or book an intro call to arrange it.

My website:

www.retreatcounselling.com 

“A retreat is not out escaping reality, but returning to ourselves.”

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Bacp).
  • B-Ed Hons /Art and Design.  I have 20 years of experience of working with children, parents and families. 
  • I have an Advanced diploma in Integrative counselling Adults, young people, Preteen and teenagers-  Level 4.   I am trained to use  a range of interventions.  This includes- CBT, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Narrative therapy, Attachment theory, Existential and creative therapies
  • I have had further training in Managing disclosure and safeguarding, Domestic violence and Anxiety in children and young people.
  • Training in Supporting emotional, mental and physical needs of children. 
  • Training in Creative techniques. When working with children. 
  • Ongoing training for couples counselling.

I believe that often there isn't just one therapeutic approach that can help a client in all situations. Every client I see is different and therefore a combination of interventions are used to enable a holistic approach.

Some of the areas I work in with success are: Anxiety including Social anxiety,  Depression and low mood,  Cultural issues, Money issues, Marriage and Relationship issues, Menopause, PTSD, Abuse, Racism, Trauma, Grief, Family  and Health issues

I provide Face to face counselling to Children over from 11years and adults and Online(Adult only) Therapy via zoom.  Concessions available so please do ask.

 To find out if we are right for each other please get in touch and we can arrange a discounted first session of exploration. This is priced at £25 for 30mins( individuals) £37.50 for 30 mins ( couples).

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£40.00 - £75.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

  • Online counselling over 18’s
  • Flexible service Weekdays 8am-8pm, Saturdays 8am-12pm
  • Face to face sessions for young people from 16yrs and  Adults- Devon area, please enquire.
  • Exploratory first session £25 individuals/ £37.50 couple.
  • £50  - Individuals 
  • £75 - Couples

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Weekdays 8am-8pm

Weekends -Saturday 8am-12pm

online or face to face, please enquire.

First Exploratory session half price/ half session.

Further information

Please contact me  for more information.

Exeter, Devon, EX1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Pooni Evans
Pooni Evans